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Practically all government programs designed to stop rainforest destruction have so far produced negligible results. Many governments in rainforest countries are still downplaying the current rainforest crisis. This may mean that the critical time span for effective political decisions and action will pass by unused—unless public pressure convinces governments to take action. The following list contains crucial steps governments can take to help stop rainforest destruction. [more]

Government Policy Topics:

Government Policy Links:

  • Chile Wood Exports and Subsidies - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Green Scissors - Program advocates cutting harmful subsidies to the U.S. timber industry. Site has detailed information on existing subsidies to environmentally harmful projects.
  • The Law, Politics, and Economics of Amazonian Deforestation - Paper examines how government policy frequently encourages deforestation.
  • Tranparency International - International NGO fights corruption on domestic and global levels. Site includes statistics and news on corruption worldwide.
  • US Wood Subsidies and Trade - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).

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